STERNAT AD POSTERUS: The Futurist Manifesto

The future of mankind is similar to countless past generations in the universe.  The similarity between this age of existence and ages past is this:  humankind believes our modern culture will live forever.  Even the mighty Aztec nation, an ancient civilization who grew powerful throughout Mexico within just 200 years who believed their way of life would continue forever, was socially dissolved in 1521 AD shortly after the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez defeated Montezuma through acts of betrayal.  Even proud civilizations standing atop a tower can be blown senseless by the winds of change.  Needless to say, I am certain countless civilizations could have gained legions of knowledge had they continued in their efforts to preserve the past (note Library of Alexandria).

Most importantly, ancient Egyptian civilization is now a mystery throughout modern day (2008 AD) society.  For example, the vast majority of modern Egyptologists believe the Great Sphinx of Giza was constructed between 2520 BC and 2494 BC during the age of King Khafra (Chephren).  Based on modern day studies of the eroding statue, factual evidence has led a minority of Egyptologists to believe the statue was eroded as a result of rainfall; rainfall had ceased in that region of the world approximately 4,000 years earlier than 2520BC.  Furthermore, the giant blocks which supported the structure weigh hundreds of tons each.  When even modern day architecture experts were questioned on the feasibility of maneuvering and positioning these giant blocks with modern day equipment, they [modern architects] agree the blocks can now be moved with modern equipment.  Yet, these architects remain puzzled how these giants blocks might have been moved with an abundance of laborers and simple pulleys thousands of years ago.

Forgive me for seeming to digress, however, my point remains:  extensive evidence points toward a much earlier period of time when the Sphinx was constructed, thousands of years before Chephren’s reign.  Therefore, this evidence suggests an earlier, advanced civilization that has since been blown away into the sands of time.  In a sense, every modern civilization believes their own [civilization] is the most advanced species their world has ever known.  Considering this belief, it is easy to step back and see the repetitious blunder of mankind.  The blunder is simply this: our species has not yet realized mankind exists to learn, evolve and contribute.

Learning involves an experience which resulted in gain, loss, pleasure or suffering; from experience we learn what to do or not to do if and when a similar situation arises.  And, although some situations may arise which appear a precedent in mankind, I am absolutely certain the moral and ethical situation occurred in the past.  Yet, mankind remains a terrible historian; we feel there is no need to apply ancient learning to modern tribulations.  We also feel our modern events will not matter in a thousand years because you and I will be dead (if I am dead, why should I care).  As a result, mankind maintains no grip on its recently decayed knowledge.  Furthermore, many past beliefs contradict modern ones [beliefs] and, thus, are discarded in order to ensure the powerful remain powerful.  In the same respect, presently powerful groups of mankind will refuse future learning and open-mindedness in order to ensure future power; how can the powerful remain rulers of people and information if their information is found irrelevant and untrue?

As a law of nature, a living organism will evolve itself or be forced into extinction.  Yet, evolution is much more than a genetic or biological evolution.  Evolution, on a sociological sense, is a direct result of learning and applying this knowledge to ensure future existence.  Just as effect follows cause, mankind has not and cannot advance without opening our minds to absorb all aspects of knowledge, however uncomfortable the knowledge may be.  All societies seek the same goal, to have a basic freedom of beliefs and laws.  Although customs, courtesies and norms may differ, the aspect remains that each group of peoples seek three basic needs: safety, sustenance and security in their lives.  This aspect of safety and security is upheld until, eventually, an ill-willed leader or group influences their citizens to harm others in order to preserve their way of life; the leader often manipulates their followers into forcing another group to sacrifice one of its three basic needs.  Rather than attempting to save lives by speaking rationally to those they disagree with, lives are ended to “save” their own [lives].  Clearly, this action is a de-evolution as, even in our childhood learning, we are encouraged to talk about our issues rather than immediately resort to extreme measures.  Simply put, de-evolution is a lack of prioritization and morals since power is used to take lives instead of saving them.  This is the simple path to unity; however, instruments of war would rust if peace existed.  Lords of war would be unemployed since war sells.

           

Finally, contribution goes hand-in-hand with sociological evolution.  Only when mankind contributes to more than themselves can we show our advancement.  Contribution not only involves helping others in our lifetime, but directly affects later generations’ efforts to contribute to society.  Only in contribution to later civilizations can mankind truly show selflessness by seeking to help a cause which will have no effect on our own present lives.  In a sense, every human possesses the ability to serve as a fortification, a block in the great pyramid of life and betterment.  And while helping others during our lifetime is noble, in itself, we must not forget that this practice is useless if we simultaneously neglect to find ways to positively affect future generations.  Mankind has an obligation to help, not to harm, itself.  Only in helping others live long, safe lives can mankind maximize its time to learn and evolve in order to be afforded more time to contribute.

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About Manny Garza

After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst, Manny departed the military in order to pursue his B.A. in Philosophy from American Military University. Aside from college, he writes short stories and essays in the realm of philosophy and science fiction. Manny's short stories are heavily influenced by who he refers to as The Trinity: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and Jack Williamson. He is married to his lovely wife, Melissa, and has two dogs named Koopa and Goomba. Aside from being an editor and contributor of Nerd Trek articles, his hobbies include playing guitar, singing, and both tabletop and video game RPGs. Manny currently lives in Charlottesville, VA.